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New Android Wear app update brings darker background, improved notification glanceability

New Android Wear app update brings darker background, improved notification glanceability”

If you are using an Android Wear smartwatch, a new update being rolled out now will add a couple new worthwhile features to your device.

The update is pretty small, but the new additions should be welcomed.

One Android Wear user, John O'Sullivan, has already got the update on his LG Watch Urbane, and a photo he has taken shows the background of the watch is now a darker black than before.

We know the Android Wear would receive some Oreo features and enhancements and 2.0 updates are ready for numerous smartwatch models.

According to Google, Android Wear 2.8 offers improved notification glanceability. Black requires no power to display on such panels, so it would only sip from the battery to show the white or colored text. Instead, it turns itself off to save on battery. Aside from the bog-standard stability and performance upgrades, 2.8 also comes with a system-wide black background to replace the previous grey one. It could just be that the darker theme may not be available on smartwatches sporting an LCD screen. That said, the update is rolling out in waves and Google has not mentioned which smartwatches will get it and which ones won't.

If you're still rocking an Android Wear watch, have you gotten this update yet? Simply tap the option and you are done!



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